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"risk" in British English

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risknoun

uk   us   /rɪsk/
B2 [C or U] the ​possibility of something ​badhappening: In this ​business, the risks and the ​rewards are high. There's a high risk of another ​accidenthappening in this ​fog. [+ (that)] The risk (that) we might ​fail made us ​worktwice as hard. [+ -ing verb] It's always a risk ​starting up a new ​business. The ​company is ​quite a good risk (= ​safe to ​lendmoney to). We ​wantcleanrivers and ​lakes, where you can ​swim without risk toyourhealth. It's a low/high-risk ​strategy (= one that is ​safe/not ​safe).C1 [C] something ​bad that might ​happen: This ​wire is a safety/​fire risk. His ​employersthought he was a security risk (= he might ​telltheirsecrets to a ​competitor).at risk B2 in a ​dangeroussituation: All ​houses within 100 ​metres of the ​seas are at risk offlooding.at your own risk C2 used to ​mean that you are ​responsible for any ​damage, ​loss, or ​difficulty: Drivers are ​reminded that they ​leavetheircars here at ​their own risk.run/take a risk B2 to do something that might be ​dangerous: Don't take any risks - just ​call the ​police. You're ​running a ​big risk if ​oilpricesdropsharply.
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riskverb [T]

uk   us   /rɪsk/
B2 to do something ​although there is a ​chance of a ​badresult: "It's ​dangerous to ​cross here." "I'll just have to risk it." [+ -ing verb] He risked losing his ​house when his ​company went ​bankrupt.B2 If you risk something ​important, you ​cause it to be in a ​dangeroussituation where you might ​lose it: I'm not risking my life (informal neck) in that ​oldcar. He risked life and ​limb to get the ​cat down from the ​tree. She was ​prepared to risk everything on a last ​throw of the ​dice.
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(Definition of risk from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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risknoun [C/U]

 us   /rɪsk/
danger, or the ​possibility of ​danger, ​defeat, or ​loss: [C] There’s a risk of an ​accidenthappening in this ​fog. [C] I was ​afraid to take the risk of ​quitting my ​job before I had another one ​lined up. [U] We ​wantcleanrivers and ​lakes, where you can ​swim without risk to ​yourhealth. [U] It was a high/​low risk ​situation (= a ​situation with a lot of/very little ​danger). A risk is also someone or something that could ​cause a ​problem or ​loss: [C] Teenage ​drivers are ​consideredhigher risks.at risk To be at risk is to be in ​danger: A ​child who hasn’t been vaccinated is at risk.
risky
adjective  us   /ˈrɪs·ki/
The ​businessinvestment was a risky ​proposition.

riskverb [T]

 us   /rɪsk/
to do something or to ​enter a ​situation where there is a ​possibility of being ​hurt or of a ​loss or ​defeat: He risked his ​lifehelping another man ​escape the ​fire. We risk ​losing the ​business if we don’t ​pay off the ​loan on ​time.
(Definition of risk from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"risk" in Business English

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risknoun

uk   us   /rɪsk/
[U] the possibility that something ​bad or dangerous will ​happen: Heavy ​reliance upon one ​client is not without risk when ​building up a ​practice.increase/reduce the risk of sth The ​agency is ​undertaking an urgent ​program to ​reduce the risk of runway ​collision.
[C] something ​bad that might ​happen: Our biggest risk is ​identitytheft. I ​think that ​people who come here ​illegally know the risks.
[C or U] FINANCE the possibility that an ​investment will ​losemoney: Before you ​invest in the Fund you should carefully ​evaluate the risks. This ​stock is ​loaded with risk. high/​low/​medium riskcarry (a) risk To ​invest in just one ​stockcarries a high risk.offset (a) risk Banks ​carry out several ​transactions to ​offset risk.
[C or U] INSURANCE the possibility that something will be ​harmed, ​damaged, or ​lost: high/​low riskinsure against a risk Anyone who ​wants to ​insure against the risk of illness or accident can do so at a ​price.
[C] INSURANCE, BANKING a ​person or ​business that may or may not be ​safe to ​insure or ​lendmoney to: a bad/good risk In ​terms of ​insuranceeligibility, the couple ​constituted a ​bad risk.
at risk in danger: at risk of sth A ​spokeswoman last night ​admitted 13 ​people were at risk of ​redundancy.at risk of doing sth With its ​stockprice severely ​depressed, the ​company was at risk of being a ​target for ​privateequityinvestors.
at your own risk if you do something at your own risk, you do it although you know you might get ​harmed or ​lose something: Please ​note that you ​download and ​install these ​programs entirely at your own risk.
bear a risk to be ​responsible for or ​accept the risk involved in something: The two ​sides couldn't ​agree on how to ​pay for the ​plant and who would ​bear the most ​financial risk in the ​agreement. With traditional ​pensions the ​employerbears the risks and ​pays the ​benefits.
put sb/sth at risk to put someone or something in a ​situation where they could be in danger: Why put ​capital at significant risk for a ​return which is no ​higher than the ​return on ​governmentbonds?
run a risk to do something that might be harmful or dangerous: You're ​running a ​big risk if ​oilpricesdropsharply.run the risk of doing sth Few IFAs are prepared to ​run the risk of ​advising a ​client to ​switch out of ​equities and into ​bonds and ​cash in ​case they get their ​timing wrong.
spread your risk(s) FINANCE to ​reduce the chance of ​losingmoney by making several different ​types of ​investments: While some ​shares in the ​fund may be ​falling in ​price, others could be ​rising, helping to ​spread your risk. Unit ​trustsletsmallinvestorsspread their risks by ​investing in a wide ​range of ​gilts.
take a risk to do something that might be harmful or dangerous: The ​companythrived after taking a risk and ​selling its TV ​business.take the risk of doing sth Over the past three months, ​investors who have taken the risk of ​investing in ​smallercompanies have had a ​roughride.

riskverb [T]

uk   us   /rɪsk/
to put something in a ​situation where it could be ​lost or ​damaged: Carol can get a better ​return on her ​investments without risking her ​capital. The ​region was going through a huge ​economicdownturn and it didn't want to risk its ​tradeties with the USrisk sth on sth Bonds are attractive to ​conservativeinvestors who don't want to risk everything on the ​stockmarket.
to get into a ​situation or do something that might have a ​badresult: The United ​States is becoming dangerously ​dependent on ​foreigninvestors to the ​point that it is risking a ​financialcrisis.risk doing sth If you're not ​exploiting the ​opportunities of ​e-commerce, you could risk going ​bankrupt.
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(Definition of risk from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “risk”
in Korean 위험, 리스크…
in Arabic مُخاطَرة…
in Malaysian risiko…
in French risque…
in Russian риск, угроза…
in Chinese (Traditional) 風險, 危險, 潛在危險…
in Italian rischio…
in Turkish tehlike, risk, riziko…
in Polish ryzyko, zagrożenie…
in Spanish riesgo…
in Vietnamese sự rủi ro…
in Portuguese risco…
in Thai การเสี่ยงภัย…
in German das Risiko…
in Catalan risc, perill…
in Japanese 危険性, リスク…
in Chinese (Simplified) 风险, 危险, 潜在危险…
in Indonesian risiko…
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